I. Why is it
called "Bold Colorful Life Inn"? A
Bold Colorful Life is a state of mind---we know who we are and live authentically; we choose to do the
things we are passionate about; we surround ourselves with colorful
people who reflect our lifestyle and values; and we create and spend
time in environments that stimulate the very best we have to give to
the world around us.
The Bold Colorful Life theme is inspired by love of nature and beauty
by love of adventure and exploration; and it's grounded in
spiritual awareness and growth. By building this inn, your
hosts are following a bold colorful dream.
Come join us for a day, a weekend, a
week, one of our Retreats, a life adventure!
What is the property like?
Life Inn is situated on an enchanting old salt farm on 15 acres of
waterfront fields, woods, stone walls, apple trees, lilac trees and
gardens. If you can take your eyes off the breathtaking panorama,
you'll notice that the
'compound' consists of four New
England-style buildings: a Maine farmhouse, attached to an historic
barn, with views of the Back River and a large freshwater pond; a
charming garden shed with garden and picket fence nearby; an 1800s
Cape nestled amongst the apple trees on the southern end of the ridge;
and a 1700s barn, now the Bold Colorful Life Gallery.
sit on a 15 acre ledge-covered clearing on a hillside of woods and
meadows, approximately 800 feet above a cove on the rocky shoreline of
the Back River, an offshoot of the mighty Sheepscot. From the porches of both houses, you can look northwesterly to the Back River
and farms across the river.
can we choose between the two houses?
The main house is new, but has the soul of an historic place as it is built partially of wood
rescued from 200 year old buildings on this site and another. It
is designed as a traditional Maine farmhouse on the outside,
with porches and dormers and gardens. Inside, the first floor
holds a large kitchen and dining area, which faces the river; a
cozy media room with the latest technology, and a
handicap-accessible bedroom and bath. On the second floor,
there are four bedrooms with private baths--two which face the
river and the sunsets, (and which also face the pond) and two which face the porch
and gardens, both warmed by the sunrise.
The main house is attached to an historic barn, over 200 years old,
which was lovingly taken down from its original site in North
Waldoboro and rebuilt
here. It is known as the Homer Jones barn, the Waldoboro man who
built it. On the
first floor of the barn, the two-story Great Room connects to the
dining area, with spectacular views to the west. The rooms
share a two-story Maine chimney with a see-through gas fireplace
which warms both rooms. Above it
is a gathering area for tea, cocktails and conversation, with an
overlook to the Great Room and sunset views. All are invited to
enjoy the Great Room, dining room, kitchen, Media room, front porch, back porch and deck.
The historic 1800s Cape was moved from its original foundation when
that foundation threatened to collapse, and has been completely
renovated in its new site--with a wrap-around deck, large front porch and
dormers. It is tucked in a glade filled with lilies of the valley and Ladyslippers, apple trees and hummingbirds.
On the first floor is one sunny bedroom with private bath, especially
convenient for those who avoid climbing stairs. This room looks out
over the courtyard and off to the river. A country kitchen, living room
with working fireplace and dining room join it on the first floor.
The kitchen looks out over the side deck to the barn
Gallery and off to the river. The dining room has a view of the
shade garden and the river. Upstairs are three additional bedrooms, all with private baths, each
with its own unique personality. Two have courtyard and river views,
one has a private view of our serene shade garden and a bath with a clawfoot tub
that looks out past apple trees to the barn Gallery and the river.
There is also a cozy Computer Corner with WiFi computer for guests
to connect with the 'outer world'. All are invited to enjoy the
computer corner, living room, dining room, kitchen, front porch and deck.
What's fun to do outside at
The Inn has 300 feet of water frontage on the Back
River. The river empties and refills every six hours and
wildlife is profuse. At half and high tide, you can swim,
paddle, canoe, fish or just sit and admire the activity of the river.
Borrow a boat and paddle out to explore the area. Here's an
aerial view of the estate in early spring.
At low tide, you will often see dozens of
birds on the uncovered islands and ledges, and day or night you
might hear the haunting call of the loons. There are half a
dozen seals who like to play in our cove and this stretch of the
Back River. A pair of bald eagles are nesting at the
northern end of Tibbetts Island (about an 1/8 of a mile down
river) and they regularly swoop overhead, looking for lunch.
From the benches on our walkway, you can watch lobstermen tending
their traps in the open channel
from dawn till dusk. You can meditate on the sunrise, watch the seals
play in the cove, track osprey and
seabirds as they wheel overhead. If you're very lucky, you will see our
resident porcupine, who resides at the edge of the forest, our Maine
painted turtles who sun on their log in the freshwater pond or the
myriad of frogs who leap quickly into the water there, and our red fox who
dances on the snow-covered winter lawn. You will almost definitely
see our deer at dusk and we've seen moose prints on the property on
two occasions in the fall. Worn out from all the fresh air? Relax in a
hammock or a rocking chair. More
can we walk and hike and enjoy Maine's natural beauty?
and climbing along the property’s hiking trails and through the
will see apple and cherry and plum trees, protected Ladyslippers,
chokecherry and lilac bushes, perennial gardens galore, all set
off handsomely by hemlocks and cathedral pines. Walk or drive
around the corner onto Dover Cross road, and you can enter the
Ovens Mouth Preserve and continue your hiking along the rocky
cliffs of the
Ovens Mouth, which connects the Back River with
Cross River. Drive a little further, and you can visit
the other 15 preserves on the Boothbay peninsula, the
Botanical Garden (just four
miles away!), and
Boothbay Harbor's or other nearby
Walking sticks are available for loan.
What's fun to do inside at
The Inn is equipped with all sorts of entertainment
for quiet nights and rainy days. Hundreds of books, dozens of movies,
lots of games and puzzles await you; borrow some art supplies and
create your own Maine work of art. Relax in a porch chair. Play the
baby grand piano in the Great Room. Every room has a TV with cable
access; snacks are available every afternoon--including fruit and
cookies, tea, coffee, soda, and hot chocolate.
More ideas here.
VII. What kinds of things can we
find in the Bold Colorful Life Gallery? The Gallery holds all kinds of
bold and colorful artwork and gifts...something
for everyone who visits...and memorable gifts for their loved ones.
colorful, elegant jewelry.... There
is nothing that says more about who you are and how you're feeling
about life than the colorful, elegant jewelry you choose to wear!
stunning natural photographs....Are
you ready to surround yourself with things you love, that bring you
joy, that state who you are, that add color to every corner of your
life? Choose a stunning natural photograph to add color
and beauty to your home or office.
dramatic works of art
to bring landscape
beauty into your personal environment.
VIII. What makes it a romantic
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IX. I heard it was going
to be a Retreat Center. What will that
Read the full story
about the Bold Colorful Life Retreat Center.
To orient yourself to the area,
press here for a Google map.
For more about the history of the farm,